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Stories differ as to how Brown eventually attained parole.According to one story, Bobby Byrd's family helped to secure an early release, while another version of events had Brown getting parole after S. Lawson, the owner of a car and motor manufacturing company, agreed to sponsor him, with the provision that Brown promise to pursue a two-year job commitment.

While with King, Brown, under the Famous Flames lineup, released the album Think!

and the following year released two albums with the James Brown Band earning second billing.

Brown spent long stretches of time on his own, hanging out in the streets and hustling to get by.

He managed to stay in school until the sixth grade.

(May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader.

A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".Nafloyd's brother Baroy later joined the group on bass guitar, and Brown, Byrd and Keels switched lead positions and instruments, often playing drums and piano.Johnny Terry later joined, by which time Pulliam and Oglesby had long left.Live at the Apollo was released the following June and became an immediate hit, eventually reaching number two on the Top LPs chart and selling over a million copies, staying on the charts for 14 months.In 1963, Brown scored his first top 20 pop hit with his rendition of the standard "Prisoner of Love".First coming to national public attention in the late 1950s as a member of the singing group The Famous Flames with the hit ballads "Please, Please, Please" and "Try Me", Brown built a reputation as a tireless live performer with the Famous Flames and his backing band, sometimes known as the James Brown Band or the James Brown Orchestra.